Joining a student group is a great way to explore majors in the college of engineering. Whether you want to work hands on with an engineering design project, or you just want to meet other students, it all starts with attending a meeting or contacting one of the officers or the faculty sponsor. Competitions offer opportunities to do hands-on work in a public forum. These events are often sponsored by professional organizations and corporations.
Environmental Innovation Challenge »
Compete for experience, exposure, and $10,000 by developing clean tech solutions for today's environmental issues against interdisciplinary student teams from Washington state.
First Robotics »
Design, build, and fly an autonomous quadrocopter at competition on a team lead by Mechanical Engineering, students.
- Concrete Canoe »
- Race in a canoe you have helped plan, build and construct. Team submits and presents a technical paper on the design and construction, racing ability and innovative features, then defends the choices to the judges.
- Design/Build/Fly »
- Design, build, and fly a flight vehicle in the annual, national AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition as part of a student-led team.
- EcoCAR2 »
- Convert a Chevy Malibu to a hybrid vehicle. Design and integrate advanced technology powertrains and controls with goal of reducing emissions. Three-year student competition sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Faculty adviser: Prof. Brian Fabien
- Engineering Student Advisory Council »
- Meet monthly with the Dean or Associate Dean and staff to discuss planning and budgeting matters for the College. Pre-engineering, undergraduate, and grad students and at-large members. Council members represent the diverse student community in 1-year terms.
Faculty adviser: Prof. Per Reinhall.
Human Powered Submarine »
Design, build, and test a fully functional submersible vehicle in nine months, then compete in an international race against other colleges, universities and private businesses.
iGEM Synthetic Biology Competition »
Work from provided kits of biological parts to build biological systems and operate them in living cells and present at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.
Read about UW's world championship team.
Washington Formula Motorsports »
Become part of a manufacturing firm that must produce four race cars per day, providing excellent handling, braking, and acceleration capabilities while considering affordability, ease of maintenance, reliability, ergonomics and aesthetics.
Steel Bridge Competition »
Design, fabricate, and test a 1/5th-scale steel bridge and compete against teams from universities across the country in the annual event held by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
Engineers Without Borders »
Work with disadvantaged communities worldwide to improve their quality of life through environmentally sustainable, equitable and economical engineering projects.
Faculty sponsor: Susan Bolton & Mark Benjamin
National Society of Black Engineers »
Excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community through NSBE-sponsored career fair and other events.
Faculty sponsor: Diane Martin (staff)
Science & Engineering Business Association »
Interact with and learn from the business community through annual events that inspire an entrepreneurial spirit.
Faculty sponsor: Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Pierre Mourad and Buddy Ratner
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers »
Participate in social and technical events that enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math, and science.
Advising sponsor: Cathryne Jordan
Society of Women Engineers »
Enhance your education and career through scholarships, fun competitions, job and internship search resources, and an annual recognition of outstanding achievements, career fair, and the Evening with Industry awards banquet.
Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) »
Participate in research and development of 3D printing/additive manufacturing technology, build 3D printers, and increase public awareness of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Flash required)
Faculty sponsor: Jim Hermanson
Design Build Fly
Faculty sponsor: Adam P Bruckner
Biomedical Engineering Society
Faculty sponsor: Wendy Thomas
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Faculty sponsor: John Berg
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Faculty sponsor: Yinhai Wang
American Society of Civil Engineers
Concrete Canoe Team
Faculty sponsor: Pedro Arduino
Steel Bridge Team
Faculty sponsor: Jeff Berman
Water Environment Federation of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
Faculty sponsor: Mark Benjamin
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Faculty sponsor: TBA
Human Centered Design & Engineering (formerly Technical Communication)
HCDE Student Association
Faculty sponsor: Judy Ramey
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Institute of Industrial Engineers
Staff sponsor: Kellus Stone
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Faculty sponsor: Steve Shen
Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
Faculty sponsor: Ashley Emery
Human Powered Sub
Faculty sponsor: Bruce Adee
Material Science and Engineering
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Paper Science and Engineering
Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
Faculty sponsor: Mark Lewis